Winners Announced at DGBusiness Awards 2020

The Region’s Biggest Business Event Goes On-Line for Night of Celebration.

After a near 9 month Covid induced delay, the region’s BIGGEST business event took place virtually on Friday, November 6th 2020.


The 2020 DGBusiness Awards sponsored by Cunninghame Housing Association, took place virtually – the event streaming on Youtube, Facebook and LinkedIn meaning that for the first time ever the whole world could witness the amazing businesses we have in the region.


With 12 awards up for grabs, the judges had a difficult time narrowing down the over 150 applications to the final 40.


DGBusiness Awards host Lee Medd said: “The number of entries to the 2020 DGBusiness Awards has been amazing and the range of businesses entering shows the massive diversity that we have here in the region.

We’ve seen more entries to our Most Promising New Business category than ever before, in a time when customer service is paramount the judges saw some fantastic entries and had a really hard time just getting to this interview shortlist. Our Social enterprise award is more diverse than ever and our NEW awards for Tourism and Independent Retailer have been supported in huge numbers.


When it came time to hand out the awards there was success for Castle Douglas business – The Earth’s Crust Bakery. It picked up the award for Outstanding Independent Retailer.


Annan based Alpha Solway took home the award for Outstanding Customer Service after impressing the judges and showing how they had cut the average customer enquiry time in half, in addition to developing new processes and systems.


Wigtown Festival Company were named the inaugural winner for the Outstanding Tourism Business or Organisation. The continued evolution which has seen the continued growth of the book festival and the launch of BIG DOG in Dumfries continues to put the region on the map for literary tourism.


Genesis Occupational Health and Safety were named Outstanding Small Business while exporting powerhouse ETB Technologies from Dalbeattie picked up the Outstanding Large Business title.


A record number of family businesses tried to make the Outstanding Family Business Award their own, and Grierson & Graham – the 100 year-old business drove off with the award.


IT firm Qubiti were named Most Promising New Business after an impressive launch year during which they quickly established themselves the ‘go-to’ design, kit out, fit out and tech team.


The Crichton Trust were named Outstanding Social Enterprise for their continued work in managing and preserving sites of historical importance across the region, while Dumfries & Galloway Council’s Employability and Skills Team picked up the award for Best Work Ready Project.


Sarah Britton, of Brown Brothers was named Champion in Developing the Young Workforce while  Little Gems Childcare’s Gemma Findlay was named Young Entrepreneur.


John McGee, the regeneration specialist who has worked with the NHS, Dumfries & Galloway College and Queen of the South picked up the Outstanding Entrepreneur Award.


Head judge Tricia Hunter said: “Never in all my life have I been part of a judging process as difficult as this one, every business delivered and exceed when it came to the presentations. With businesses and businesspeople like those that made the shortlist for this year’s awards the region will continue to flourish. Congratulations to all winners and the finalists. “